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CDC Declares Racism A Public Health Threat That “Affects The Health Of Our Entire Nation”

Roommates, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is officially joining the conversation on race and equity. Last week, the agency released a statement declaring racism as a “serious public health threat,” according to their official site. The statement also highlighted that “communities of color” have felt the force of COVID-19 “most severely” given the “disproportionate case counts and deaths” among other factors.

“Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community,” CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky said in the statement. “These social determinants of health have life-long negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color.”

The CDC also categorized the “racial and ethnic health disparities” as “severe, far-reaching and unacceptable.” In an attempt to right a wrong that has prolonged beyond generations, the agency named a few initiatives it plans to carry out.

Firstly, the agency announced a new web portal called ‘Racism and Health,’ that will be used to generate public and scientific conversations on both topics.

The CDC will also continue to study the connection between social factors and health outcomes, expand their evidence on racism affecting health and implement proposed solutions.

The agency also plans to use COVID-19 funding to make investments towards a “durable infrastructure” in racial, ethnic and disproportionately affected communities. The infrastructure will provide resources to address disparities related to COVID-19 and other health conditions.

“I know that we can create an America where all people have the opportunity to live a healthy life when we each take responsibility and work together,” CDC Director Rochelle said.

Over 500,000 have died and tens of millions have been infected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the official statement reported.

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